In Solidarity: The Foundation’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

Dr. Martin Luther King

We grieve the loss of George Floyd’s life at the hands of law enforcement, and we mourn the pain that has again been inflicted on all Black lives in our country. We stand in solidarity with movement leaders and call for justice for George Floyd and so many other lives.

In a culture that continually reinforces white supremacy, justice can only be achieved when we confront and repair the anti-Blackness that is woven through every aspect of society—in our homes, schools, workplaces, communities, places of worship, and government.

Attacks on Black lives have been made possible by the denial of the democratic principles of the dignity, equality, and mutual respect of men and women, through ignorance and prejudice, of the doctrine of the inequality of people and race.

It is with the gravest concern that racism and racial discrimination continue to afflict our communities in ever-changing forms, as a result, both of the continuation of legislative provisions and government and administrative practices contrary to the principles of human rights and also of the continued existence of political and social structures, and of relationships and attitudes, characterized by injustice and contempt for human beings and leading to the exclusion, humiliation, and exploitation, of the members of disadvantaged groups.

Our brothers and sisters are expressing their indignation at these offenses against human dignity, deploring the obstacles they place in the way of mutual understanding between peoples and alarmed at the danger of their seriously disturbing personal security and safety, peace and security, what is happening quite frequently is sad, disturbing and outrageous.

At the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation, our vision of equity is indelibly bound to racial equity. The Community Improvement movement can only be fully realized when we center the experiences of men and women of color who experience state-sanctioned violence.

We believe and are committed to the hope that people and institutions can learn, grow, and change, but first we must confront the stark inequities and injustice in our systems, center the impacted communities and invest in their leadership, and collectively build power so that all people can create and lead safe, prosperous lives.


CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES FROM THE FOUNDATION

To our participants, staff, and families,

Bayview Hunters Point Foundation’s priority is the health and wellness of our participants and staff. We will continue to operate ESSENTIAL SERVICES to ensure the people we serve receive the care and supports they need to manage through the Coronavirus crisis.

We are monitoring closely the ever-changing situation across the region, and working daily to adjust our plans to ensure services continue to be provided. During this public health crisis, we will continue to reevaluate the way we provide our services in order to support participants without putting them at greater risk of exposure.

Stay safe!
Sharam Kohan
Executive Director

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
California Department of Health
San Francisco Department of Public Health
UNICEF: Everything you need to know about washing your hands to protect against coronavirus COVID-19)

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CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Manage Anxiety and Stress
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
NAMI – NAMI HELPLINE 800-950-NAMI, M-F, 10 AM – 6 PM ET
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